Ukraine 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 29

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1979

PLACE OF BIRTH: Kiev, Ukraine

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian/Ukrainian

OCCUPATION: actor

EDUCATION: military school followed by master’s degree

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

As a young man, subject spent a few years in military school in Moscow (Russia), moved to Odessa (southern coast of Ukraine), and returned to Kiev, where he was living when the recording was made.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject began studying English in secondary school.

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RECORDED BY: Mandy Fox

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/07/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Yeah, I was born in Ukrainian. [laughs] I’m 29 years old. Um, I studied in the Kiev Military Lyceum, Kiev Military Lyceum, in Ukrainian. I have parents. My father and mother. I have a sister. Um, now I have my children. One. Baby. He two years ago, she, two, two years ago. She named Mary. I’m an actor, and I’m happy that I, I am to do in my life, but sometimes I’m not very happy because, uh, people who lives in my country not understand wha, what they doing in this life, but I’m, uh, but I know that one days maybe in future, me, my peoples, people who lives in the world, understand what they doing in this world.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Mandy Fox

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/07/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

The subject’s speech is initially halting and perhaps influenced by the spelling of the text while reading. Some attributes of his speech include: substitution of w for v (“vet”), s for z (“disease”), z for voiced th (“that they”), and short I for long e (“feel”). The tongue is curled and slightly retroflexed on r sounds (“cure”), and h sounds include extra breath with slight glottal contact (“Harrison”). The subject uses minor key inflection for emphasis, and a relaxed facial position effects bilabial sounds (“baby”). The intrusive k is heard after words ending in “ing” (“doing in this life”).

COMMENTARY BY: Mandy Fox

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/07/2008

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